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January 8, 2018


New hires

University of Maine at Farmington hired Marc Glass as director of advancement. Glass was previously director of advancement communications at Bates College.

Gartley & Dorsky Engineering & Surveying Inc. in Camden hired Jesse Nash as a structural engineer. Nash has 10 years of experience in structural engineering, project management and construction.

Gov. Paul R. LePage hired Holly Lusk as deputy chief of staff and legislative policy director. Lusk was most recently an attorney at Preti Flaherty and practiced in the firm's government affairs, health law and litigation groups.

Bangor Savings Bank hired Deborah McPhail as mortgage loan officer serving the southern Maine lake regions. McPhail has over 38 years of banking experience.

Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor hired James Cash as a chiropractor at Helen Hunt Health Center in Old Town and Taryn Pineo as a physical therapist at Brewer Medical Center.

Pine Tree Society, an organization in Bath serving Maine children and adults with disabilities, hired Rich Bothfeld as a clinical audiologist in the organization's audiology department.

The Northcross Group, an integration and security firm in Portland, hired Mike Scully as a senior analyst.

EMHS in Brewer hired Mike Smith as president of the EMHS Foundation, the philanthropy organization that supports EMHS organizations throughout Maine. Smith has more than 25 years of philanthropy experience.

Diversified Communications, an international media company in Portland, hired Anna Diaz as an executive assistant, Jaclyn Buck as a group show administrative assistant and Eric Laramee as a salesforce administrator. Diaz was previously with IDEXX Laboratories, Buck with the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership and Laramee with Borrego Solar Inc. in Lowell, Mass.

Lynam Insurance Agency in Bar Harbor hired John Jagger as an insurance agent and agency manager.

Pineland Farms in New Gloucester hired Mark Shea as venue manager of the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle and the Fort Kent Outdoor Center in Fort Kent. Most recently, Shea was project director for Cary Medical Center.

FocusMaine, an Augusta-based organization launched in 2014 to consider Maine's capacity to compete in and contribute to a global economy, hired Kimberly Hamilton as president. Hamilton was most recently chief impact officer at Feeding America.

LA Metro Magazine in Auburn hired Pam Ashby as editor-in-chief. Ashby is also owner of PA Graphic Design.

Belgrade Regional Health Center hired Aaron Barnard as a physician assistant.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor hired Don Kent as president and CEO. Kent Most recently, Kent worked at NatureServe Inc., an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit that provides conservation-related data, tools and services.

United Way of York County in Kennebunk hired Sarah Hoover as a part-time community impact associate focused on volunteer engagement.

Acadia Hospital in Bangor hired John Campbell as chief medical informatics officer and director of community services. Campbell was previously interim chief medical officer at Maine Behavioral Healthcare.

The Nature Conservancy in Maine, a conservation organization in Brunswick, hired Leah Gailey as director of development. Gailey was previously an assistant vice president for college advancement at Bates College.

Androscoggin Bank in Lewiston hired Robert Westhoven as vice president, commercial loan officer and Scott Sarapas as senior mortgage loan officer. Westhoven previously served as vice president, commercial relationship manager and vice president, small business relationship manager for TD Bank while Sarapas was responsible for business development as well as real estate closing and title abstracting duties with Treworgy & Baldacci.

BroGue Insurance & Financial Services in Bangor hired Timothy Guerin as an insurance agent. Guerin was previously with Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust hired Barbora Higgins as assistant vice president, senior credit analyst. Higgins is an experienced credit professional with 14 years of banking experience.

SMRT Architects and Engineers in Portland hired Alyssa Phanitdasack as an architectural designer and Renee Laplante as marketing coordinator for the firm's justice and health care design practices. Phanitdasack was most recently with PDT Architects while Laplante was a marketing specialist with Stantec.

Norway Savings Bank hired Pam DiPietro Hale as vice president, commercial lending at the bank's branch at 1200 Congress St. in Portland. Hale has 22 years of banking and commercial lending experience.

Perry, Fitts, Boulette, and Fitton CPAs in Oakland hired John Massey as a senior accountant.

Bar Harbor Bankshares hired Patricia Wheeler as senior vice president, chief compliance officer. Wheeler was previously vice president and senior counsel at TD Bank in Portland.

Our Town Belfast hired Zach Schmesser as executive director. Schmesser was events director at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

Thompson Bowie & Hatch LLC, a law firm in Portland, hired Benjamin Wahrer as an associate.

F.L.Putnam Investment Management Co. in Portland hired Christopher Parker as chief administrative officer. Parker was chief administrative officer and executive managing director of operations at Boston Private Wealth.

Berman & Simmons, a law firm in Lewiston, hired Elizabeth Kayatta as an attorney representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death and other civil litigation matters.

Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, hired Kathleen Landis and Connor Schratz as associate attorneys.


TD Bank promoted Jeffrey Pangburn to vice president, relationship manager with its commercial services team in Bangor. Pangburn was previously a commercial lender in Presque Isle.

Sebago Technics, an engineering and surveying consulting firm in South Portland, promoted Kylie Mason to vice president of project delivery, Paul Ostrowski to senior project engineer, Mark Lozoraitis to CAD coordinator and Rebecca Gabryszewski to permitting coordinator. In addition, the firm announced Rick Meek will lead a civil engineer design team and Craig Burgess will lead a civil design team.

Katahdin Trust in Houlton promoted Cindy Boot to commercial services officer in Presque Isle. Boot was previously a commercial services specialist.

Spectrum Healthcare Partners in South Portland promoted Julie Wheeler to chief human resources officer. Wheeler most recently served as director of human resources.

Kennebec Savings Bank promoted Craig Garofalo to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Garofalo was previously senior vice president and chief operations officer.

Geiger, a promotional products distributor in Lewiston, promoted Crystal Paradis to customer relations specialist in the promotional sales group. In corporate programs, Alan Groudle was promoted to production artist, Amy Law to assistant program manager, Christopher Ferguson to field office manager and Jennifer Gomm to assistant program manager; Katlin Saltzer was promoted to customer relations specialist in total care; and Erin Hutchinson was promoted to key customer specialist in the promotional sales group.

The Maine Credit Union League promoted Cheryl Lancaster to executive vice president of member services and Elise Baldacci to vice president of governmental affairs while Synergent promoted Gary Glenn to executive vice president, Ben Jordan to senior vice president of product development, Cris Wescott to senior vice president of human resources and facilities and Adam Warfel to vice president of finance and accounting.

Nickerson & O'Day Inc., a construction company in Brewer, promoted Wade Poulton to vice president. Poulton was previously a project manager.

Montalvo, a web tension control specialist in Gorham, promoted Bryon Williams to director of sales and marketing. Previously, Williams was global marketing manager.

Thompson Bowie & Hatch LLC, a law firm in Portland, named Hillary Bouchard, Twain Braden and Brendan O'Rourke partners in the firm.


Maine Women's Lobby added Kaylene Mitchell and Sally Struever to its board of directors. Mitchell serves on the executive team of the president at Southern Maine Community College while Struever is interim director of 317 Main.

Friends of Casco Bay, a conservation organization in South Portland, elected Sebastian Milardo to its board. Milardo is co-founder of the human resources organization of Drake Inglesi Milardo.

Timothy Kenlan, an attorney at Berman & Simmons, joined the board of directors of the Trinity Jubilee Center, a nonprofit, secular organization in Lewiston that provides services and advocacy for underserved populations including the poor, elderly, homeless, immigrants and refugees.

Maine Real Estate & Development Association approved a board seat for the DevelopME committee co-chairs, each serving one-year of the two-year term on an alternating schedule. Sam LeGeyt of Harnden Commercial Brokers will serve the first year and Cameron Woodford of Northern New England Housing Investment Fund will serve the following year. The association also elected Maureen Van Uden, senior relationship manager at TD Bank, to its board of directors and announced Michael Lane, a partner at Preti Flaherty, was named co-chair of its public policy committee.

Maine Women's Policy Center added Lauren Jacobs, Michelle Lamb and Lisa Miller to its board of directors. Jacobs is a faculty member in the Kinesiology and Physical Education program at University of Maine, Lamb is director of equity research at Aurora Financial Group and Miller is the senior program officer for the Bingham Program.

Chris Richmond, a member of the marine insurance division of Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Maine Marine Trades Association.

Richard Walker was elected as chairman of the Franklin Savings Bank board of directors following the announcement that current chair, William Bernard, will retire. Walker is a CPA who owns his own accounting, audit, tax and consulting practice. Bernard, who was elected chairman in 2003, has been a member of the board since 1985.


The Finance Authority of Maine celebrated successful business and educational partnerships at its annual meeting and awards event, Showcase Maine. This year's award recipients included: Casco Bay Vending LLC, dba Casco Bay Food & Beverage, “Business at Work for Maine Award;” Harold Alfond Foundation, “Education at Work for Maine Award;” Camden National Bank, “Lender at Work for Maine Award” (over $1.5 billion in assets) and Machias Savings Bank, “Lender at Work for Maine Award” (up to $1.5 billion in assets).

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick named Bath Savings Institution its “President's Award” winner, Bill Dodge Auto Group its “Big Impact Award” recipient and Lee Johnson its “Big of the Year” award honoree for her commitment to mentoring.

Luis Ayala of Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft was announced as the winner of U.S. Cellular's “Most Valuable Coach” program. Ayala, who coaches soccer and wrestling, received $50,000 that he will donate to the school's athletic department.

Cathy Ramsdell, executive director of Friends of Casco Bay in South Portland, received the “Experienced Leader Award 2017” from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants. The award is in recognition of the financial mentoring of her organization and other nonprofit leaders.

Steve Addario, director of Cumberland County Response Services, won a “Lifetime of Excellence” award from NAMI Maine.

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